- Post a previously unreleased chapter from one of your books.
- Write about your siblings or about being an only child.
- What book are you reading? How did you choose it?
- Had any collections as a kid?
- Do you plan on saving any of your belongings for the future?
- Write about the last time you rode a rollercoaster.
- Write the 10 commandments of writing.
- Write about flavors and tastes or a favorite spice of yours.
- Write about an interesting conversation you overheard.
- Go to Wikipedia and click on Random Article. Write about whatever page you get.
- What would you put into a ‘professional survival kit’ for your work?
I just finished THE HATE U GIVE by Angie Thomas. It’s an excellent YA novel about a girl, Starr, who witnesses her friend being shot by a white cop, and all the personal, political and local drama that unfolds because of it. It was inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement and went to a 13-way auction for publication. The movie will star Amandla Stenberg.
More importantly, it’s subject matter that matters. I am well aware of my limited view into the lives of Black Americans, and this has been hailed for its unapologetic authenticity. Every character, every scene, every line of dialogue rings true. As a white girl from the suburbs, I don’t get much exposure to that. So is important that I seek it out.
I’m not the primary audience for this book. It’s really a love letter to young Black girls, affirming their lived experiences and their right to tell their own stories. Thomas had shared some of the feedback she’s gotten in Twitter–girls excited to see themselves on the cover. It’s heartbreaking and encouraging all at once.